Monthly Archives: June 2011

Summer Career Exploration Opportunity!

Are you interested in health care?  Have you thought about a career as a Physician’s Assistant (PA)?  Or, would you just like to broaden your world?

Join us for a unique opportunity with Meghan Webber, PA in Children’s Neurology Clinic.  Meghan will speak about her journey to, through, and from PA school, offering valuable insight and real-life stories. 

Please join us:

Thursday, July 21st 12:00-1:00pm

Front Education Center (Children’s-Minneapolis, 2nd Floor)

Meghan will present, follow with a Q&A session, and allow time to network afterwards.  Space is strictly limited to 30 participants; first-come, first-served.  Please call or e-mail Ben Reed at 612-813-6170, or [email protected] to reserve your spot.  Hope to see you there!

Pediatric Grand Rounds: July!

Can you believe that June is almost over?!?  Here is the Grand Rounds schedule for the month of July.  *Please note that the time & location of this month’s Minneapolis Grand Rounds have changed!*

Minneapolis Campus (held from 7:30-8:30 am on Thursdays):

Medical Education Classroom, B-870 (lower level of hospital)

2525 Chicago Ave. S.

St. Paul Campus (held from 8-9 am on Thursdays):

John Nasseth Medical Center

Conference Room

255 N. Smith Ave.

July Sessions:

7/7:  “Exercise Medicine & Pediatrics”

Presenter:  Daniel Halvorsen, M.S., Ph.D., Exercise Physiologist, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

7/14:  “Hemophagocyctic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)”

Presenter:  Yoav Messinger, MD, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

7/21:   Mortality & Morbidity Conference (held in St. Paul only!) 

Presenters:  TBD (various)

7/28:  “Behavior Change:  Why The IPod Was Easy & Handwashing Is Hard”

Presenter:  David Gordon Bundy, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

No pre-registration is required!  For more information, please contact the Children’s Medical Education Office at (651) 220-6131.  We will continue to post future educational opportunities for volunteers on this site!

Volunteers & X-Box Are Children’s “Top 2!”

Earlier this week, Family Resource Center Program Assistant Carolyn Reseland was kind enough to send the following note to our director, Sandy Bergeron:
“A mom stopped in the FRC today and mentioned the two things that really make her son’s day at Children’s:  X-Box and VOLUNTEERS!  I thought you would want to know how high on the list Volunteer Services comes in this family’s mind.”

Thanks so much, Carolyn, for taking the time to send these kind words our way!  And THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers for making a difference in the lives of so many patients & families!

We appreciate the amazing contributions of all volunteers! Pictured: new summer volunteers Andrea Tobias, Tenzin Paichang, William Zeng, & Javier Carchi.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED for HeartBeat 5000!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED for the HeartBeat 5000 on Saturday, June 25th at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park in Minneapolis!  This 5K run raises funds for Children’s cardiac program.
The following volunteer opportunities are available:
Friday, June 24th
*1:00-4:00 pm:  5 volunteers needed to help with event set-up

Saturday, June 25th

 * 8:00-10:30 am, Mile Markers:  6 volunteers needed to time runners as they pass the mile markers.

* 8:30-9:15 am, Kids’ Fun Run:  6 volunteers needed to coordinate Kids’ Fun Run, take photos and distribute participant ribbons to all kids involved.

* 8:00-9:30 am, Start Line: 4 volunteers needed to help keep start line clear of spectators and assist with set-up/take-down of start line.

* 7:00-10:30 am, T-Shirt Distribution: 4 volunteers needed to distribute T-shirts to participants.

If you’re interested in helping with this great event (feel free to invite friends & family to join you, too!), please contact Kiirsten Preble at 612-813-7194, or [email protected]!  Thanks in advance for your support!

Summer Program Underway!

Our 2011 summer volunteer program is officially up & running!  Between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, we have nearly 200 junior high, high school, and college students either joining our team for the first time or returning from last summer’s program. 

Huge thanks to our new volunteers for your positive attitudes, enthusiasm, and energy…and huge thanks to our “veterans” for welcoming these new students with such warmth & compassion!

We’re looking forward to another wonderful summer!

Just a small sampling of our fabulous summer volunteers! Pictured, from L to R: Christina Barnett, Brittney Johnson, Amy Anderson, Elle Newcome, Sarah Newcome, & Sina Kassaw.

8th Floor Closing In Minneapolis on 6/13!

FYI, for all Minneapolis volunteers:  the 8th floor inpatient unit will be CLOSING on June 13th for construction.  At this time, the 8th floor patients will be moved to 7th floor.

Please know that you can continue to check inpatient units 4-7 during this time!  We will keep you posted when unit 8 reopens!

Thanks so much for your understanding & patience!

Staff Service Star: Charles Lillicrap, PACU

We’re grateful for the great work of Charles Lillicrap, Unit Operations Coordinator in Pre-Op/PACU!  (Volunteers may recognize Charles from his prior position as a Child Life Associate in the Sibling Play Area!)
Charles was recognized by Surgery Family Waiting Room volunteer Lynda Summerville.  Lynda wrote:
“When I was in the Family Waiting Room this morning, I asked Charles Lillicrap if he could help locate a listing of the TV channels in the FWR.  (Many families inquire as to what TV channels are on the Children’s Hospital network.)  Charles quickly put together that list! It has been “unretrievable” all these years! 
I placed this list in the “red volunteer folder” and notebook, both located in the desk drawer.  Thanks to Charles and his “can-do” attitude!
Thank you, Charles, for your fantastic support of our volunteers!


Charles Lillicrap

Minneapolis Volunteer Services Is MOVING…


Hear ye, hear ye!  For those who remember the days when Minneapolis Volunteer Services was located in the basement of the hospital…those days have returned!  Our office will be moving BACK into the lower level of the main hospital on Monday, June 20th.

Our new office space will be adjacent to our old location:  when you come out of the hospital elevators on the lower level, you’ll walk straight ahead, take your first left, and be at our office in seconds!

We can’t wait to be back in the hospital again, and look forward to having our office in a more convenient & centralized location!  We’ll continue to keep you all posted through updates and office signage over the next several weeks.

June 20, here we come!

Pediatric Grand Rounds: June

Happy SUMMER, volunteers!  Here is the Grand Rounds schedule for the month of June.  As always, these sessions are open to all interested volunteers, and are held each Thursday from 8-9 am at the following locations:

Minneapolis Campus:

Children’s Specialty Center, Room 506

2530 Chicago Ave. S.

St. Paul Campus:

John Nasseth Medical Center

Conference Room

255 N. Smith Ave.

June Sessions:

6/2:  “Improving Patient Outcomes & Experiences Through Music Therapy”

Presenters:   Erinn Danielson, MA, MT-BC;  Katie Schwartz, MT-BC, NICU-MT, and Sarah Newberry, MA, MT-BC (Music Therapists, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota)

6/9:  “Food Allergy”

Presenter:  Allan Stillerman, MD, Allergy & Asthma Specialists, PA; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota

6/16:   Mortality & Morbidity Conference:  “Child Comes To Clinic Without Parent”

Presenters:  TBD (various)

6/23:  “Bad Bugs, No Drugs:  Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae”

Presenter:  William Pomputius III, MD, Medical Director, Infectious Disease, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

6/30:  “Clinicopathologic Conference”

Presenters:  TBD (various)

No pre-registration is required!  For more information, please contact the Children’s Medical Education Office at (651) 220-6131.  We will continue to post future educational opportunities for volunteers on this site!

Child Life Conference Wrap-Up!

All in all, attending this year’s Child Life Conference in Chicago was an amazing experience!  On our final day, child life specialist Betsy Brand and I gave our presentation, “Educating Volunteers About Child Life & Family-Centered Care:  Developing An Orientation DVD.”  We showed clips of the training video that we use at orientation, and discussed the essential child life components that volunteers should know before working with hospitalized children.  We had a wonderful, engaged group who asked lots of great questions, and Betsy & I really enjoyed interacting with them!

After our presentation, we attended the Closing Ceremonies, where two extremely cool things took place:  (1)  Child Life Manager Sheila Palm received the Child Life Council’s Distinguished Service Award (congrats, Sheila!), and (2)  we were treated to a performance from The Penguin Project, an organization that provides musical theatre performance opportunities for children with disabilities.  It was, without a doubt, an incredibly inspiring way to end the conference!